Lybarger Named Don & Jane Good Outstanding Senior
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Katie Lybarger of Garnett, Kansas, has been selected as the 2021 Don & Jane Good Outstanding Senior.
While an undergraduate student in Animal Sciences and Industry (ASI) at Kansas State University, Katie was a member of the 2020 Champion ASI Academic Quadrathlon Team, 2019 Reserve National Champion Meat Judging Team, 2020 Meat Evaluation Team and 2019 Meat Science Quiz Bowl Team.
“Katie took full advantage of opportunities beyond the coursework necessary to earn a degree,” says Mike Day, KSU ASI department head. “Her participation in academic competition teams, service to K-State and youth, and efforts to understand agriculture abroad are notable. These experiences developed her leadership skills and community involvement, which combine with her background and academic excellence, make her an ideal candidate to be recognized as the outstanding ASI senior.”
Previously recognized for her excellence, she was awarded the American Meat Science Association Undergraduate Scholastic Achievement Award, the American Society of Animal Science Undergraduate Scholastic Achievement Award, the K-State Meat Judging Vision of Excellence Award and the Henry C. Gardiner Scholarship.
Lybarger is a member of the College of Agriculture Ambassadors. She joined the group in 2018 and has served as the director of alumni & outreach, activities coordinator and the selections coordinator. She has also devoted many hours to volunteer work. She is a Purple Cat Buddy in the Manhattan community, a volunteer with the Kansas FFA Association and a research volunteer with the Meat Science Group. She has been an assistant coach to both the Anderson County FFA and Manhattan FFA Meat Judging Teams, where she was responsible for preparing the chapter teams for district and state level competitions.
Lybarger took advantage of industry-related experience in more places than just Kansas. She was able to travel internationally as a Kansas representative to the Taiwan Agricultural Youth Exchange Program in 2017. This experience was one that was eye opening for Katie, she learned about their production practices, meat preferences and rich culture. Lybarger then participated in the Livestock Industry Tour of Australia in 2019, where she spent nine days touring the livestock industry in Australia and learning all the different factors of the system.
Lybarger has a passion for the meat industry and helping people, which stemmed from growing up watching her grandpa live his altruistic life. “I realized how easily agriculture and more specifically the livestock industry harmonized with another passion of mine: helping people,” Lybarger says.
Lybarger plans to obtain her master’s degree in meat science from K-State. “I am excited for what the future holds for the meat industry, and my role in providing consumers a quality and wholesome protein for the years to come.”
The Don and Jane Good Outstanding Senior Award was developed in 2010 to recognize those that exceed expectations of involvement in the animal science department. These criteria were developed to match the legendary example set by Good: moral character, scholarly achievement, leadership skills, participation on judging teams, foreign and domestic travel, potential of contributing to humankind in the future and written and oral communication skills.
The Kansas State University Animal Sciences and Industry department serves students, livestock producers and the animal and food industries through teaching, research and education.The K-State ASI department prepares students for careers in the animal and food industries. The curriculum includes the study of nutrition, reproduction, genetics, behavior, meat science, food science with production, management, and agribusiness skills.